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causative

[ kaw-zuh-tiv ]
/ ˈkɔ zə tɪv /
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adjective
acting as a cause; producing (often followed by of): a causative agency; an event causative of war.
Grammar. noting causation. The causative form of to fall is to fell. Gothic -jan is a causative suffix in fulljan “to cause to be full; to fill.”
noun
Grammar. a word, especially a verb, noting causation, as made in He made me eat the apple.
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Origin of causative

1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin causātīvus, equivalent to causāt(us) caused (see causation) + -īvus-ive

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British Dictionary definitions for causative

causative
/ (ˈkɔːzətɪv) /

adjective
grammar relating to a form or class of verbs, such as persuade, that express causation
(often postpositive and foll by of) producing an effect
noun
the causative form or class of verbs

Derived forms of causative

causatively, adverbcausativeness, noun
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